Hurricane Maria Cautions That Climate Propelled Storms May Demolish Many Tropical Forests


A recent study has showcased that destruction imposed on trees in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria was unparalleled in contemporary times, and recommends that more persistent massive storms instigated by a warming climate could indelibly change forests not only here but all over much of the Atlantic tropics. Biodiversity could take a back seat and atmosphere will be loaded with more carbon dioxide.

Hurricane Maria not only damaged plenty of trees than any formerly scrutinized storm, massive old trees contemplated to be mainly anti storms agonized the worst. Lead author Maria Uriarte, a faculty member of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, said that as hurricanes are predicted to strengthen with warm climate, the destruction possibly augurs more such events. These hurricanes will bring downfall of many trees. They are going to destroy more trees. The components that guarded many trees formerly will no more apply. Forests will shrink and become more compact as they will not have time to grow and they will be lacking in diversity.

When Maria hit Puerto Rico in October 2017, it was a category 4 storm with winds up to 155 miles per hour and up to three feet of rain in places. Many trees were divested of greenery splintered in half or swept clear out of the ground. The most powerful storm to hit the island since the 1928, Maria killed or gravely destroyed a reckoned 20 million to 40 million trees.